Empty. That's the word our Church has been focusing on for the past few months. The empty promises of this world. The fulfilled promise of the empty tomb. Usually the idea of something being empty is depressing. But in the light of the resurrected Savior, empty takes on a different meaning.
We, as humans, try our best to fill any empty void we encounter.
We fill empty hours with activity. We fill empty space with decorations. We fill empty silence with rambling words (...wait that may just be me).
Over the past few weeks, our Church filled empty eggs with candy—not just a few eggs, but 5000! We also did our best to fill our building with family, friends and visitors. Over 420 adults and kids streamed through our doors to have refreshments, get a picture with the Bunny, and to hunt for eggs.
I am always amazed that after months of planning and advertising, weeks of matching and stuffing eggs, and days of decorating, baking and shopping, the egg hunt is over in 30 minutes or less. It kind of leaves me with an empty feeling.
But then I'm always reminded of the real reason we do all of it. We do it to reach even one soul who might not know that the emptiness they experience day in and day out can be filled by Jesus Christ. This year we got to share the idea that it wasn't nails that held Jesus on the cross, but it was His love for you and me, His love for every child and family in our building. We emphasized that when the children took the candy out of eggs and left them empty, they needed to remember that Jesus didn't stay dead. He beat death for them! We reminded the families that the empty tomb is a promise that Jesus is alive and that he loves them and that He's coming back.
All the pomp and fuss of our egg hunt gives us an opportunity to share the Gospel with people we may not ever meet anywhere else.